To clarify, when you’re creating any product, think in percentages, not grams or volume. When making any product, you’ll want the total ingredient list to come to 100% (mine vary because I’m thinking about other preservatives you might want to use, but 100% is the ideal). If you look at the recipes on this blog … Read moreLearning to formulate: A note about percentages
So we’ve taken a look at our heated water phase and the heated oil phase, so let’s turn our attention to the cool down phase. What do we put in the cool down phase? Pretty much anything that won’t tolerate the heated and held phases of our water or oil, meaning anything that should be … Read moreLearning to formulate: The cool down phase
Heidi suggested we take a look at the Hope in a Jar cream by philosophy in light of what we learned about the dollar store lotions the other day. This cream can cost between $38 and $105 for 8 ounces, so what makes it so expensive? Let’s take a look at what Sephora says about … Read more“Hope in a Jar” by philosophy
The second of our three phases is the oil phase, so let’s take a look at this phase and how to tweak it! The oil phase consists of oil soluble ingredients that can be safely heated and held at 70˚C for 20 minutes. This is where you’ll find our emollients, emulsifiers, thickeners, and anything that is … Read moreLearning to formulate: The oil phase
I plan to go into this in more detail in the near future, but for those of you who are interested in learning more about the HLB system (hydrophilic-lipophilic balance system), here are a few links to posts I’ve written on this topic… What is the HLB system?A demonstration of the HLB system with a … Read moreThe HLB system or creating your own emulsifier
As we know, there are generally three phases to our lotion – the heated water phase, the heated oil phase, and the cool down phase. Let’s take a closer look at the water phase. The heated water phase consists of water soluble ingredients that can safely be heated and held at 70˚C for 20 minutes. … Read moreLearning to formulate: The water phase
Will and Patrick did the most important thing you can do in learning this thing we call cosmetic chemistry – they stayed curious – and both went out to the dollar store to buy lotions. Let’s take a look at what each of them found! (And be warned, this is a long post!) Will: I made … Read moreQuestion: Cheaper lotions – comparing dollar store lotions.
The first thing I ask myself when I’m formulating a product is what exactly do I want to make? What type of lotion, cream, or butter do I want right now, for what body part, and for what reason? In short, what’s my goal for this product? Asking yourself this question is the first step … Read moreLearning to formulate: What kind of lotion do you want to make?
In this post, Patrick asks: I’ve made a hand lotion that our household really likes with Jojoba, FCO, RBO, Soy, Avocado, Shea Butter & Mango Butter. I toss in some fancy additives including panthenol and everything totaled comes to about $5USD for 500g. Not horrible, but a bit much. Anyway, here’s my question: What’s the absolute cheapest … Read moreQuestion: What is the cheapest lotion you could make?
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what posts to write next, and I think I’m going to do a series on learning to formulate our products from scratch. Although these posts will mostly relate to lotion making, you can take what I’m posting here and use it for other products. If you are … Read moreLearning to formulate series…